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Real Madrid will try to offload quartet in January – report

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According to journalist Tomas Gonzalez Martin, Real Madrid will not make any new signings in the January transfer window. But they will make an attempt to get rid of as many as four players before the end of the month.

The four stars in question are Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo, Mariano Diaz and Dani Ceballos.

Of the aforementioned four members of the Real Madrid squad, Odriozola has not played a single minute of competitive football this season. Carlo Ancelotti has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez ahead of the Spaniard as his preferred options at right-back.

Considering that he is completely out of favour and not part of the manager’s plans, it makes sense for Los Blancos to try and sell the full-back.

The same pretty much holds true for Vallejo as well, who has hardly been seen on the pitch this season. Indeed, the 25-year-old centre-back has played just 17 minutes of football across all competitions this term.

Vallejo is behind Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger and Nacho in the pecking order. And even in case there are injuries, Ancelotti can call upon Rafa Marin from the Castilla squad. Thus parting ways with the 25-year-old ace could be a good move for all parties.

Mariano also finds himself in a similar boat as that of Vallejo and Odriozola. The striker is not favoured by the manager and has taken to the pitch for a total of just 25 minutes this term.

Even though Karim Benzema is the only natural striker at Ancelotti’s disposal, the Italian has preferred Rodrygo as the Frenchman’s backup ahead of Diaz, while Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard are options as well.

With Mariano’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Real Madrid having no intention of renewing his deal, the January window would represent their last chance to make some cash from his sale.

Ceballos, meanwhile, is also in the final year of his contract and there has been little indication that Real Madrid will offer him an extension. But the Spaniard still adds value to the team, as was seen against Valladolid earlier this week.

So, selling the midfielder in the winter might not be the most prudent move, especially with fixtures coming thick and fast and the likes of Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni returning after strenuous World Cup runs.

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Real Madrid’s dodgy UCL knockouts record against Pep Guardiola ahead of Man City clash

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With PSG and Borussia Dortmund securing berths in the Champions League semifinals, it is now time for Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich to battle it out for the two remaining places.

Man City and Real Madrid will certainly be the headline encounter, with the two teams looking for a win at the Etihad in order to secure a ticket for the semis.

There is much confidence and optimism in the Real Madrid camp heading into this encounter, with Vinicius Junior, in particular, determined to beat the Premier League champions.

Real Madrid’s shoddy record against Guardiola

Real Madrid, though, must approach this game with pragmatism and can’t be too overconfident about their chances.

The Pep Guardiola factor, in particular, will resonate fear in the Real Madrid camp, especially considering the club’s shoddy record against the Catalan coach.

Guardiola strikes fear into Real Madrid hearts (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Indeed, Guardiola is the coach who has been able to eliminate Real Madrid more than anyone else in the Champions League – three times.

The first elimination came in 2011 when Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona. Guardiola was not able to eliminate Real Madrid during his time at Bayern Munich, but at Man City, he has eliminated Los Blancos twice – in 2020 and 2023.

Now, Guardiola is looking to extend his record by eliminating Real Madrid fourth time.

Guardiola vs Real Madrid

As far as Guardiola’s overall record against Real Madrid is concerned, the Catalan mastermind has played against Los Blancos 24 times, recording 13 victories.

Guardiola has lost against Real Madrid only five times and only one of them came during his tenure at Manchester City – in 2022.

Overall, at Man City, Guardiola has been able to best Real Madrid four times in seven encounters.

However, Guardiola’s men will be coming up against a Real Madrid side which has indicated many times in the past that records do not matter. As such, past records should only be taken with a grain of salt as the two teams lock horns at Etihad tonight.

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